So just over a week ago I graciously turned the glorious age of 23. I celebrated this joyous occasion in true, sophisticated adult style
lol jk I spent it downing gin and being the drunkest prinny there ever was.
But really, whilst I started 23 by screaming at the top of my lungs “nobody likes you when you’re tweeeeeeeenty-threeeee” with tears rolling down my tired face, the reality is this is shaping up to be a pretty delightful year already.
I spent the morning of my twenty third anniversary of birth writing the things I’d been grateful for in the year previous. The first attempt didn’t result in much. I mean, I can’t help but associate the past year with heartache and turmoil. Anyone that knows me will know it hasn’t been the easiest year, to put it bluntly.
Yet, on reflection, these amazing moments and experiences started to come to the service. I’ve spent 22 working in one of the most prestigious opera companies in the world and worked with some seriously exciting clients. I’ve made brand new friends for life (whom have managed to bring joy to my world every damn day). My darling sister married the love of her life (and I was maid of honour) and found out she was expecting not one baby, but two (finding that out was the best moment of my life, period). I finally felt young again, and totally let go of all my inhibitions (mostly ending in fairly dramatic results) whilst having the most fun I’ve had in years. I started writing again, giving me that feeling of utter tranquility I so desperately crave. And (perhaps most ridiculous of all) I was offered an incredible job in Italy.
Really, it hasn’t been all that bad!
What about 23 – what do I want for this year?
I’d been meaning to post this long before now (but, ya know, my laptop has decided to pass on to pastures new and I’ve been kinda busy moving to Florence and all); my top 23 aims for 23. Things to do, rules to live by… basically the steps I need to take towards making 23 the best year yet.
1. Go headfirst into the Italian adventure and make the most of every moment.
2. Say YES more and stop being such a lazy git (even though sleep feels so, so good right now).
3. Stay true to myself, even if the Italians do think I’m a Disney loving psycho.
4. Start writing fiction again – either short stories or a novel.
5. Dedicate more time to the blog (once my god forsaken laptop comes back to life) and try to grow it as much as possible.
6. LEARN ITALIAN!!!!!
7. Start getting fit again – pregnant whale ain’t a good look hun.
8. Know Florence like the back of your hand so you can say stuff like “Oh you just HAVE to try the aperitivo in this place!”
9. Visit the cities outside of Florence.
10. Start dancing again.
11. Be the coolest damn Auntie in the whole world.
12. Be comfortable with being uncomfortable – you don’t have to have all the answers now.
13. Let the barriers down and stop being such a hard faced bitch.
14. But equally, never settle for less than what you deserve.
15. Find ways to deal with stress and adopt the care-free attitude of your new home.
16. Start freelance work for an Italian site or publication in your spare time – write, write and write some more!
17. Take photos of EVERYTHING. In years to come you will want to look back on every single magical moment you experienced here.
18. Buy a baby blue bike with a wicker basket and cycle around like the cutest monkey in all of Florence (plus working dat ass – win win).
19. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there to make new friends – form a strong social network.
20. Find the best gelato, pizza and truffles in the city and treat yourself with their sweet, sweet goodness.
21. Read every single night for at least an hour – get that creative mind going baby.
22. Send regular updates back home and keep in touch at least once a week – you’re lucky to have such an incredible family. Never forget that.
23. Remember that you’re only human – if things don’t work out how you want them to in life, it really isn’t the end of the world. Embrace the chaos.